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Lady Hermon: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many former Royal Ulster Constabulary police officers have been recruited by the Police Service of Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; and at what cost. 
Mr. Gregory Campbell: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland how many prisoners in Northern Ireland were detained as a result of non-payment of fines in each of the last five years. 
Mr. Holloway: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the budget of his Departments provincial reconstruction team in Helmand province has been in each year since 2002; how much has been spent in each year; which organisations have managed the projects undertaken; what monitoring, impact assessments and evaluations have been undertaken in respect of each project in each year since 2002; and if he will make a statement. 
The UK took responsibility for Helmand province through the establishment of a provincial reconstruction team (PRT) in 2006. The PRT combines the efforts of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), Department for International Development (DFID) and the Ministry of Defence (MOD) in a comprehensive approach to development. Accordingly, the PRT delivers reconstruction and development projects from a tri-departmental budget managed jointly by FCO, DFID and MOD. £7.04 million was spent in 2006-07 and £9.99 million in 2007-08 from the Global Conflict Prevention Pool (GCPP). To date, £14.08 million (of a Stabilisation Aid Fund budget of £34.41 million) has been spent in 2008-09. Prior to the establishment of the PRT in 2006, there was no specific allocation of funding to Helmand province.
The tri-departmental funding facilitates a range of projects in Counter Narcotics, Rule of Law, Strategic Communications, Governance, Political activities and Area Based Stabilisation. These projects are administered in Lashkar Gah or London, dependent on the implementing agent. Projects are managed through a range of partners including the Afghan Government, local community organisations, international or local non-governmental organisations or external contractors. Programmes are reviewed and updated monthly by an official in the embassy in Kabul and the PRT in Lashkar Gah. Projects are evaluated at six-monthly intervals.
In addition to this tri-departmental budget, the FCO, DFID and MOD also have individual budget allocations. From its bilateral programme fund, the FCO spent £17,000 in 2007-08 on Helmand specific projects.
Mr. Michael Foster: In December 2008, the Thailand Burma Border Consortium (TBBC) submitted, through Christian Aid, a funding proposal to the Department for International Development (DFID) covering three years from April 2009 to March 2012. DFID is considering this proposal in consultation with Christian Aid, other donors to TBBC and TBBC itself.
To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how many members of staff in his Department have been (a) investigated, (b)
suspended and (c) dismissed for losing (i) memory sticks, (ii) laptop computers, (iii) desktop computers and (iv) mobile telephones belonging to his Department in each year since 1997. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: All losses of the listed items are investigated, however, the Department for International Development (DFID) does not retain records of the number of staff investigated who were neither suspended nor dismissed. No DFID civil servants have been suspended or dismissed for losing such items in this period.
Mr. Ivan Lewis: UK Government funded programmes to halt and reverse the spread of HIV and AIDS in developing countries, cover prevention, voluntary counselling and testing, treatment and care. These funds are typically channelled through budget support at the country level to health programmes or as contributions to the core budgets or pooled funds of UN organisations. Information on disaggregated methods used to test for HIV is not therefore readily available and could be obtained only at disproportionate cost.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has reported that in 2007, 96 per cent. of the HIV antibody tests procured through its bulk procurement scheme were rapid tests, which involve a simple blood test taken from a pin prick. No information on uptake of oral tests is available, and WHO makes no recommendation as to their suitability for use.
Mr. Moore: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what the grade and salary range was of each member of his Departments staff seconded to support the Quartet Middle East Envoy in (a) 2007 and (b) 2008; how many such staff at each grade and salary range will be so seconded in 2009; how much his Department spent on such staff in (i) 2007 and (ii) 2008; and if he will make a statement. 
Mr. Douglas Alexander: The Department for International Development (DFID) seconded one member of staff to the Office of the Quartet Representative in Jerusalem to provide expert governance analysis. The secondment began in August 2007 and will finish in January 2010. The post is DFID grade A1. The salary range for the post for 2007-08 was £53,490 to £64,925 and for 2008-09 is £55,814 to £66,873.
Mr. Ancram: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development how much direct aid his Department has provided to Gaza in the most recent 12 month period for which figures are available. 
Mr. Douglas Alexander: UK development aid to the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPTs) is for both the West Bank and Gaza. Although some of our aid is earmarked for activities in Gaza, the majority is given for activities in both Gaza and the West Bank.
In the calendar year 2008, we provided £82.3 million to the OPTs. Of this, the following benefited Palestinians living in Gaza: £6.8 million for immediate humanitarian assistance to Gaza announced on 31 December; £19 million to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) to help Palestinian refugees in the region, including the 70 per cent. of Gazans who are refugees; £2 million to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) for humanitarian assistance; and £50.45 million to the Palestinian Authority which helped it provide essential public services in both Gaza and the West Bank.
As announced on 18 January 2009, the UK has pledged an additional £20 million to help meet needs in Gaza, bringing the total UK response to the humanitarian crisis in Gaza to nearly £27 million since the conflict started.
Sammy Wilson: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development (1) how grant aid from the Government to the Palestinian Authority was used over the last three years, broken down by project; 
Mr. Douglas Alexander: In 2005-06 we gave £13,715,862 to the Palestinian Authority (PA) (including £10 million in emergency budget support through the World Bank Trust Fund); in 2006-07 we gave £14,525,065 to the PA (including £11.875 million through the European Commission Temporary International Mechanism (TIM)); and in 2007-08 we gave £44,143,585 to the PA (including £18.45 million through TIM/PEGASE and £20 million through the World Bank Trust Fund).
Mr. Ancram: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development what estimate he has made of the proportion of his Departments direct aid to Zimbabwe which has reached its intended recipients in the last 12 months. 
Mr. Ivan Lewis: The delivery of UK aid in Zimbabwe, alongside that of UN and other international agencies, is rigorously monitored and subject to regular reporting, independent evaluation and financial audit. Our estimation has been that UK assistance reaches its intended recipients. When we do hear of any attempt to divert aid, the programme in question is halted immediately while an investigation takes place. However, from 4 June to 29 August 2008, as a cynical and damaging electoral ploy, Robert Mugabes regime instituted a ban on the operations of NGOs across the country. During this period, large amounts of international food-aid (including UK contributions) were obstructed; none of this aid was diverted, it was simply not distributed. Other non-food aidincluding essential medicines and support to people with HIV and AIDSwas distributed where delivery to intended recipients could be assured.
Since the lifting of the ban, the international community has scaled up its response rapidly to provide vital food assistance to over five million Zimbabweans. Despite this massive operation, rigorous monitoring has been maintained, with few reports of obstruction or diversion of aid, and we are confident that UK contributions are being delivered to intended recipients.
Dawn Primarolo: There are many uncertainties involved in estimating deaths brought forward as a result of air pollution. Current estimates are being updated, but in 1998, the Department's Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants (COMEAP) estimated that 24,000 deaths were brought forward each year due to air pollution in the United Kingdom.
The UK Air Quality Strategy aims to protect against risks to public health from air pollution. Healthy individuals are not thought to be at significant risk of short-term effects from current levels of air pollution in the UK, but associations have been indicated between daily variations in levels of some pollutants and daily variations in mortality and hospital admissions for respiratory or cardiovascular conditions.
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